dCS Vivaldi One APEX Player


 The Vivaldi One APEX is a powerful network music player and CD/SACD Transport. It offers the same core technologies as the globally renowned dCS Vivaldi series, including the latest-generation dCS Ring APEX DAC, and the dCS Digital Processing Platform, as well as their proprietary clocking system.
The Vivaldi One APEX Player will be limited to a run of 50 units worldwide.


The Vivaldi One APEX supports all major lossless codecs, including MQA, and is compatible with a wide range of streaming services and music management platforms, including Roon, TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer, Internet Radio and Spotify. It also supports streaming via Apple AirPlay, TIDAL Connect and Spotify Connect.

For silver disc enthusiasts, its Esoteric VMK3 VRDS-Neo CD/SACD mechanism works in tandem with dCS hardware and software to extract revelatory levels of detail from standard and Super Audio CDs. An array of digital inputs, plus multi-stage DXD oversampling with optional DSD/64 orDSD/128 upsampling, and user-selectable DSP and DSD filters, offer unrivalled flexibility.

The system’s performance is driven by flexible firmware, which can be easily updated to deliver new product features and enhancements. An aerospace-grade aluminium chassis reduces mechanical vibration and magnetic effects for enhanced audio performance, while features such as multi-stage power regulation, twin mains transformers, and separate power supplies for digital and analogue sections ensure maximum consistency and reliability.



  • Utilizes the latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform for state-of-the-art measured performance and unrivalled musical experience.
  • Plays Red Book CDs in their native 16/44.1 format AND upsamples the data to either DSD, DSDx2 or DXD.
  • Plays SACDs in their native DSD format AND downsamples the data to 16/44.1 format.
  • Configuration Menu – Ability to save/restore settings, and EasyPlay improves ease-of-use.
  • Improved power supplies give lower running temperature and superior tolerance to AC supply variations.
  • Multi-stage power regulation ensures sensitive clock / PLL circuitry is unaffected by digital interference.
  • Aerospace-grade machined aluminium chassis fitted with tuned acoustic damping panels reduces magnetic effects and vibration.
  • Latest generation dCS Digital Processing Platform brings state-of-the-art signal processing and flexibility
  • dCS Ring DAC APEX, as used in Vivaldi playback system, delivers enhanced sonic and technical performance
  • High quality streaming from TIDAL, Qobuz, Deezer and internet radio via the dCS Mosaic Control app
  • Roon Ready, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and UPnP compatible
  • USB, AES, Dual AES and S/PDIF digital audio inputs.
  • Accepts encrypted SACD data from dCS Transport via Dual AES inputs
  • Multi-stage DXD oversampling design with optional DSD upsampling; user-selectable DSP and DSD filters.
  • Auto clocking system improves ease of use and minimises jitter.
  • Multi-stage power regulation and twin mains transformers isolate analogue, digital and clock circuitry.
  • Firmware-upgradeable for future functionality and performance upgrades.
  • Features a full MQA™ decoder. This MQA™ implementation is unique, as it is the first opportunity to enable a DAC which, by providing exact rendering to beyond 16x (768 kHz), matches the desired temporal response with very low modulation noise.


  • Type: Upsampling CD / SACD / Network Player
  • Colour: Silver or Black anodised.
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 444mm (17.5”) wide x 420mm (16.6”) deep x 220mm (8.7”) high. Allow extra depth for cable connectors.
  • Weight: 27.4kg (60.4lbs) anodised finish.
  • Converter Type: dCS proprietary Ring DAC APEX topology.
  • Digital Inputs: Network interface on RJ45 Gigabit connector – UPnP renderer in Asynchronous mode, streaming music from a UPnP server over a standard network, decoding all major lossless formats including FLAC, WAV & AIFF at up to 24 bit 384kS/s native sample rate, plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DFF/DSF format. Other supported formats include MQA™, WMA, ALAC, MP3, AAC & OGG. Some formats are limited to lower sample rates. Accepts data streamed via Apple AirPlay™ at 44.1 or 48kS/s only. Network Loop Out connector on a second RJ45 connector.USB 2.0 interface on a B-type connector operating in Asynchronous mode, will accept up to 24 bit PCM at up to 384kS/s plus DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format. Operates in Class 1 or 2 mode.USB-on-go interface on type A connector operating in Asynchronous mode, accepts audio at up to 24 bit 384kS/s plus DSD/64 & DSD/128.2x AES/EBU on 3-pin female XLR connectors. Each accepts PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format. Used as Dual AES pair, will accept PCM at up to 384kS/s, DSD/64 & DSD/128 in DoP format or dCS-encrypted DSD.3x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono and 1x BNC connectors. Each accepts PCM at up to 24 bit 192kS/s or DSD/64 in DoP format.1x SPDIF optical on a Toslink connector accepts PCM at up to 24 bit 96kS/s.
  • Analog Outputs: Output levels: 0.2, 0.6, 2 or 6V rms for full-scale input.
  • Balanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x 3-pin XLR male connectors (pin 2 = hot, pin 3 = cold). These outputs are electronically balanced and floating. Output impedance is 3Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k – 100kΩ is recommended).
  • Unbalanced outputs: 1 stereo pair on 2x RCA phono connectors.
  • Output impedance is 52Ω, maximum load is 600Ω (10k - 100kΩ is recommended)
  • World Clock I/O: 2x Wordclock Inputs on 2x BNC connectors, accept standard wordclock at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192kHz. Data rate can be same as clock rate or exact multiple of clock rate. Sensitive to TTL levels.Wordclock Output on 1x BNC connector. In Master mode, a TTL-compatible wordclock appears on this output.
  • Residual Noise: 16-bit data: Better than –96dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz unweighted. 24-bit data: Better than –113dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz unweighted. (6V output setting)
  • L-R Crosstalk: Better than –115dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Spurious Responses: Better than –105dB0, 20Hz - 20kHz.
  • Filters: PCM mode: up to 6 filters give different trade-offs between the Nyquist image rejection and the phase response. DSD mode: 4 filters progressively reduce the out-of-audio band noise level, a 5th filter offers a minimum-phase roll-off.
  • Conversions: User-selectable upsampling to DXD, DSD/64 or DSD/128.
  • Software Updates: Download available via Vivaldi One App.
  • Local Control: dCS Vivaldi One App for Unit Configuration and Playback. RS232 interface (via 3rd party automation system). dCS Universal IR remote control is included.
  • Power Supply: Factory set to 100, 115/120, 220 or 230/240V AC, 50 / 60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 40 Watts typical/50 Watts maximum.
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